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EXTERIOR -  Jiyugakuen Myonichikan School
Tokyo, Japan

Official Jiyu Gakuen Girls' School Website

Built:
1921
Architect:
Frank Lloyd Wright and Arata Endo. Wright and Arata collaborated so closely on the design for the "School of the Free Spirit" that the final plans were signed by both of them - the first time Wright had ever shared credit.
Style:  Prairie

2013 photos





Note owl sculpture at right ... Widely overhanging eaves






Note unusual geometric design - one example of the geometric motif found throughout the school.



Built of economical 2 x 4 wood and plaster, Jiyu Gakuen featured a central section with double-height volume and soaring windows facing south onto an open courtyard, with symmetrical wings on the east and west.



East wing



West wing






Kawara ceramic fired roof tiles



Instead of putting costly stained glass in the windows, Wright arranged wooden window frames and crosspieces in a geometric way. Not only was this economic, but was it successful in creating a unique atmosphere.






Geometric motif extended to ceiling



Myonichikan is also given a Japanese touch by Wright's extensive use of gray-green oya stone for pavements, columns and the lanterns standing in the corridors.






Myonichikan is also given a Japanese touch by Wright's extensive use of gray-green Oya stone (from Tochigi Prefecture) for pavements, columns and the lanterns standing in the corridors.



Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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